GPU-Based High-performance Imaging for Mingantu Spectral RadioHeliograph

Ying Mei, Feng Wang, Wei Wang, Linjie Chen, Yingbo Liu, Hui Deng, Wei Dai, Cuiyin Liu, Yihua Yan
2017 Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific  
As a dedicated solar radio interferometer, the MingantU SpEctral RadioHeliograph (MUSER) generates massive observational data in the frequency range of 400 MHz -- 15 GHz. High-performance imaging forms a significantly important aspect of MUSER's massive data processing requirements. In this study, we implement a practical high-performance imaging pipeline for MUSER data processing. At first, the specifications of the MUSER are introduced and its imaging requirements are analyzed. Referring to
more » ... e most commonly used radio astronomy software such as CASA and MIRIAD, we then implement a high-performance imaging pipeline based on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology with respect to the current operational status of the MUSER. A series of critical algorithms and their pseudo codes, i.e., detection of the solar disk and sky brightness, automatic centering of the solar disk and estimation of the number of iterations for clean algorithms, are proposed in detail. The preliminary experimental results indicate that the proposed imaging approach significantly increases the processing performance of MUSER and generates images with high-quality, which can meet the requirements of the MUSER data processing.
doi:10.1088/1538-3873/aa9608 fatcat:zd46rqb6kzel5pb37osprwccqe